Maria Nilsson Waller is a dance artist, choreographer, teacher and designer. She trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet school, ECSD Rosella Hightower, Cannes and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She has been working freelance across Europe since 2004, and is since 2009 based between Dublin and Östersund.
Together with multidisciplinary artist Stace Gill she co-founded Flora Fauna Project in 2017, currently dance artists in residence at D-Light Studios, Dublin.
With work described as pure emotion, mesmerising and profound she repeatedly draws our attention to our relationship to nature and the environment, to our relationship with the wild, our own bodies and natural intelligence, examining the borders between the known and unknown, science versus faith and mythology.
Maria regularly teaches professional class at centers like Dance Ireland, Estrad Norr and the College of Dance (Dublin). She has created work for both professional and non-professional dancers, often including unlikely or marginalised communities, or bridging the worlds of sports and dance. Her work has been presented at a number of venues in France, Sweden, U.K and Ireland, through a.o Dublin Dance Festival, Estrad Norr, Cannes Jeune Ballet, Dance Limerick and Project Arts Centre.